LINGUIST List 32.1010

Thu Mar 18 2021

Books: A grammar of Mankanya: Gaved

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Date: 15-Mar-2021
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Subject: A grammar of Mankanya: Gaved
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Title: A grammar of Mankanya
Subtitle: An Atlantic language of Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and the Gambia
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2020
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

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Author: Timothy Gaved
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460933463 Pages: 327 Price: Europe EURO 36

This book presents a description of Mankanya, an Atlantic language spoken by about 65 000 speakers in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and the Gambia. It includes a sketch of the phonology and a detailed description of the morphology and syntax of the language. Some aspects of discourse level structure are also discussed and two interlinearised sample texts are included.

Mankanya has a rich morphology with both nominal and verbal inflection, and a range of derivative morphemes. Like many other Atlantic languages, nouns can be grouped into classes based on the agreement of the inflections between nouns and their modifiers. Verbs have prefixes that agree with the subject. Though some verbal affixes indicate different aspects, most distinctions of tense, aspect and mode are made by using verbal auxiliaries. Clause chaining is possible with reduced subject agreement if the subject is unchanged. Where the subject does change a different subject marker is often used.

A Grammar of Mankanya will be of interest for those studying of Atlantic languages, as well a resource for wider typological comparison.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Mankanya (knf)

Written In: English (eng)

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